Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
February 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Timelines and Process

Laurier began a website renewal process in late 2012, but the project got its official start in February 2014 when a new web-project team kicked-off the development process. Laurier’s web-project team consists of team members from ITS and CPAM. The website uses Hannon Hill’s Cascade Server as the content management system (CMS).

The first phase of the website redevelopment project –, a website for external audiences – launched in fall 2014. The second phase of the website, a site for current Laurier students, will be launched late summer 2016.

Current_Student_Site_Development_Scope.jpg Timeline

Nov. 1, 2012

Consultant mStoner Inc. to begin research.

Nov. 13-15, 2012

mStoner Inc. to visit Laurier to consult with representatives from specific faculties and departments, and to hold open sessions for members of the Laurier community. 

Nov. 13-30, 2012

Online forum available
to Laurier community to provide input at 

By Dec. 31, 2012

mStoner Inc. to submit preliminary Phase 1 strategy report for review by Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee. 

By Jan. 31, 2013

mStoner Inc. to submit final Phase 1 strategy report to Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee.

Summer-fall 2013

Develop and issue Request for Proposals
(RFP) to identify a suitable content management system (CMS) and web-services firm to create the new Laurier website. Laurier selected Hannon Hill's Cascade Server as the CMS of choice, and mStoner to design the website.

Winter-spring 2014

Web-development firm selected and a strategy phase of the website redevelopment begins. Components of this phase include planning the site’s navigation, marketing and communications strategy, and governance structure.

Winter-summer 2014

The creative phase of the website redevelopment takes place. Components of the creative phase include designing web page concepts and prototypes, creating a suite of web page templates, auditing the current website’s content and developing new content.

Summer-fall 2014

The implementation phase takes place. Components of this phase include building and implementing the design of the new CMS using Cascade Server, creating and uploading content, and usability testing.

Fall 2014

The new website is launched.


Maintenance on and development of continues.

*The above timelines are subject to change and may be revised as needed. Please check in from time to time for updates.